Hi, I was looking for sugestions of the sort of work that could be provided to a present student for work expeirence.
Obviously we wouldn't want them doing certain admin task that could put the netwok at risk as this information may be passed onto their friends and also we wouldn't want them accessing things like bios so what interesting jobs could we get them to help us on that will give them an insight into IT within a school and something that they will enjoy other than task such as cleaning monitors.
How about getting him to build a machine from the ground up, just the main components. Should keep him busy for a little while.
How to guides. Are there any common calls that could be addressed by users having access to how to guides?
Web technology and graphic work - maybe build a knowledgebase from all the scraps of paper you have
Testing for physical network issues? Speed tests, end-to-end cable tests? Even if you don't have any, it's worthwhile him learning how to check.
(Assumes you have spanning tree turned on in case he brainfarts).
Send him with a pen and notepad on a walking tour of depts at lunch/breaktime to see if they have any niggling unreported issues?
Speaking of cable tests... get him to make up some Cat5 cables of various length with connectors at both ends, and then test them. Get him to make crossover and straight through cables, so he remembers the colour order of each. Making up cables and using the tools was one of the first things I learnt, and it's a very handy piece of knowledge to have.
Plus... spare cables are always handy. If he already knows how to do this, then I'll keep thinking. If not... it would occupy him for some time, getting it perfect and doing it quickly and neatly takes a while.
ron (19th November 2009)
Cleaning monitors and keyboards or labeling machines
Unboxing any new kit that comes in, imaging machines that you may have in bits in the office one but back together, drawing floor plans of where all the machines are in rooms for the bigger ones, just a few
Pick a program or technology that you know nothing about, get them to research it costs, pros, cons, features, and then get them to present it to you as a powerpoint presentation. They learn something, you learn something.
May fall under asset I guess but I got mine to do a complete licence audit and check it against all the software installed on the network. Threw up some surprises and kept him busy!
Maybe get him answering the telephone a bit when staff call for help, get him to get as much information as possible, and then report the issues to you.
This will then give him some helpdesk experience, and also make him think on what questions he needs to ask to get to the root of the problem.
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